It’s too bad that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year. For us working stiffs it severely hinders the fun drinking potential.
With that in mind (as well as just missing them) I invited my friends Amber and Allan over for dinner on Friday night. I hadn’t seen them in a few months and since they had just gotten back from a trip to Cuba there was plenty to catch up on.
Amber and Allan actually lived in the UK for a few years after university and they are real anglophiles. They are both up for just about anything food wise (except for pine nuts, which cuts out the salad from a few posts ago).
I decided to give a nod to St. Patrick’s day while at the same time making something quick and easy. With that I give you my version of the Reuben Pizza. Another recipe stolen from Rachael Ray.
I first made this about a week ago, and go so mad in trying to roll out the pizza dough in my tiny kitchen Tristan thought I had developed a minor case of tourrette’s. Then I had an idea. Instead of trying to divide the pizza dough and roll it out, I would just buy 2 Pillsbury pizza tubes and use one for the bottom and one for the top. It worked a treat!
The picture above is from the initial try at the pizza when I was essentially trying to turn a rectangle into a circle. The one from Friday basically looked like a rectangular version of what you see.
Reuben Pizza Hilly’s Short Cut Version
2 tubes of Pillsbury Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups of shredded light Swiss cheese
1 pound deli sliced corned beef
1 cup sauerkraut rinsed.
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup light mayonnaise (or whipped dressing)
2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons relish
1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Pop open one of the Pillsbury Pizza Dough tubes, unroll it and lay it on the parchment paper. This may require some repair to the dough on your part, it can be finicky.
3. Sprinkle half the cheese on top, leaving a 1 inch border all around. Arrange the corned beef and then the sauerkraut evenly on top. Top with the remaining cheese.
4. Pop open the second Pillsbury Pizza Dough tube, unroll it and lay it carefully on top of the filling. Tightly crimp the edges together to seal. Brush the top with the olive oil and cut 3 vents in the center.
5. Bake the pizza until browned and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool briefly.
6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup and relish. Cut the Pizza into 4 pieces and serve with the sauce.
Needless to say the portions were HUGE when the pizza was in rectangle form. Which was good because Amber and Allan brought two bottles of wine with them, in addition to the two bottles of wine I already had at my house.